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Monday, January 10, 2011

Museum of Welsh Life

The Museum of Welsh Life is also known as the St Fagans National History Museum. Open since 1948, the museum occupies the grounds of St Fagans Castle and gardens, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth.

Over the last fifty years, more than 40 buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected on the grounds of the museum including houses, a school, a farm, a church and a remarkable Workingmen's Institute.

Museum of Welsh Life

Visitors to the Museum of Welsh Life can view the farmhouse seen below. This farmhouse may have been painted red to protect it from evil spirits or as a sign of wealth.

Welsh farmers in the early 1800s became wealthy when food imports from Europe were stopped as a result of the Napoleonic wars.

Museum of Welsh Life

Visitors to the Museum of Welsh Life can step much further back in time (2000 years or so) when they view this replica Celtic village.

The round houses seen below are reproductions based on archaeological evidence uncovered in Wales. The houses contain reproductions of Celtic furniture and the surrounding land showcases agricultural methods of that period.

Museum of Welsh Life

The Museum of Welsh Life (St Fagans: National History Museum) is located 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre, just off the A4232.

Visitors to the Museum of Welsh Life may also want to visit nearby Caerphilly Castle, Caerleon Fortress Baths, Caerleon Amphitheatre or Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon.

St Fagans National History Museum
Cardiff
CF5 6XB
Tel: 029 2057 3500

Museum of Welsh Life Map

© 2011 John Westby

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